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Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders

Mark Asquith, entrepreneur & founder of Excellence Expected.

Email: mark@excellence-expected.com | Twitter: @MrAsquith.



Define, challenge and conquer the BIGGEST issues facing you as an early stage entrepreneur or founder. With powerful episodes from the world's finest business experts, each episode challenges one specific issue and provides detailed, actionable takeaways that you can implement immediately within your business.



Volume #1 features actionable interviews with John Lee Dumas, Guy Kawasaki, Rand Fishkin, Jeff Sanders, Bob Burg and Dragons' Den's Doug Richard along with multiple thought leaders, global business people and numerous NY Times / Amazon best-selling authors, Excellence Expected exists to help you live the life you want by dominating the problems that face every entrepreneur on their journey.



This isn't just another interview podcast, this is the straight-talking, accountable and actionable show that features one problem, one expert and multiple solutions every single episode.



Don’t forget, the more you expect from yourself, the more you WILL excel!

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In this episode I discuss why I'm putting Excellence Expected on a hiatus. For more information, read "Why I Stopped Podcasting & 5 Lessons I Learned Along The Way". Don't forget, the more you expect from yourself, the more you WILL excel!
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Mar 28, 2016 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host.
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How would you define the entrepreneurial spirit? Would it be the ability to zone in on problems and provide solutions? Would it be the knack of finding exactly the right product that flies off the shelves as soon as it’s stocked? Or would it be a flair for marketing and salesmanship? Well, all of those are part of it, but according to our guest on this episode of the number one small business podcast, Bob Burg, the entrepreneurial spirit is embodied by those who always strive to bring value...
How would you define the entrepreneurial spirit? Would it be the ability to zone in on problems and provide solutions? Would it be the knack of finding exactly the right product that flies off the shelves as soon as it’s stocked? Or would it be a flair for marketing and salesmanship? Well, all of those are part of it, but according to our guest on this episode of the number one small business podcast, Bob Burg, the entrepreneurial spirit is embodied by those who always strive to bring value...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Mar 28, 2016 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host
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In this episode I discuss why I'm putting Excellence Expected on a hiatus. For more information, read "Why I Stopped Podcasting & 5 Lessons I Learned Along The Way". Don't forget, the more you expect from yourself, the more you WILL excel!
When running a small business, it can be hard to say no to new opportunities that present themselves. Your friends and colleagues will always be introducing their latest ideas to you and deciding which ones are deserving of your time can be tough. Entrepreneurs are like magpies, dazzled by the latest shiny new object. We love to find innovative new ways of solving problems, useful products and the next big thing in services. And that’s all part of the fun of being an entrepreneur, but if...
When running a small business, it can be hard to say no to new opportunities that present themselves. Your friends and colleagues will always be introducing their latest ideas to you and deciding which ones are deserving of your time can be tough. Entrepreneurs are like magpies, dazzled by the latest shiny new object. We love to find innovative new ways of solving problems, useful products and the next big thing in services. And that’s all part of the fun of being an entrepreneur, but if...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Mar 7, 2016 Mark Asquith, millennial keynote speaker & podcast host
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Running a small business at the same time as looking after a family can place huge demands on your time. Add in a couple of hours a week (if you’re lucky!) for yourself and there really isn’t a great deal of time to deal with anything unexpected or urgent. If something like that occurs, something is going to get bumped and you’re going to be in trouble in one or more areas of your life. Productivity, therefore, is always on an entrepreneur’s mind. But are you thinking about productivity...
Running a small business at the same time as looking after a family can place huge demands on your time. Add in a couple of hours a week (if you’re lucky!) for yourself and there really isn’t a great deal of time to deal with anything unexpected or urgent. If something like that occurs, something is going to get bumped and you’re going to be in trouble in one or more areas of your life. Productivity, therefore, is always on an entrepreneur’s mind. But are you thinking about productivity...
How many things are you focusing on right now? If you’re anything like most other entrepreneurs, it is probably far too many and it still might not feel like it’s enough. This magpie syndrome that most of us have is both a gift and a curse. We’re idea machines, but it can be so tough keeping our minds on the task in hand. And if we’re focusing on so many different things, are we really focusing at all? We all want that laser-focus so we can get the most out of our businesses and achieve...
How many things are you focusing on right now? If you’re anything like most other entrepreneurs, it is probably far too many and it still might not feel like it’s enough. This magpie syndrome that most of us have is both a gift and a curse. We’re idea machines, but it can be so tough keeping our minds on the task in hand. And if we’re focusing on so many different things, are we really focusing at all? We all want that laser-focus so we can get the most out of our businesses and achieve...
Regardless of who you are or what you do, there are going to be times when you get stuck. It’s an inevitable part of life that everyone goes through from time to time. What’s not inevitable however, is getting unstuck. Some people just can’t get going again and others can’t even tell that they are stuck in the first place. More often than not, the reasons that people get stuck in their personal or professional lives is down to the perceptions that they have of themselves and others....
Regardless of who you are or what you do, there are going to be times when you get stuck. It’s an inevitable part of life that everyone goes through from time to time. What’s not inevitable however, is getting unstuck. Some people just can’t get going again and others can’t even tell that they are stuck in the first place. More often than not, the reasons that people get stuck in their personal or professional lives is down to the perceptions that they have of themselves and others....
Creating a business is one thing, but growing a business is quite another. Very few of us are content with ticking along. We all want to experience as much growth as we can and we want to achieve it as quickly as possible. We’ll often try lots of different things to make this happen, but is the key to rapid growth more fundamental than we many of us think? Our guest on this episode of your favourite small business podcast is Jim Palmer, the Newsletter Guru. Jim’s experienced a lot of rapid...
Creating a business is one thing, but growing a business is quite another. Very few of us are content with ticking along. We all want to experience as much growth as we can and we want to achieve it as quickly as possible. We’ll often try lots of different things to make this happen, but is the key to rapid growth more fundamental than we many of us think? Our guest on this episode of your favourite small business podcast is Jim Palmer, the Newsletter Guru. Jim’s experienced a lot of rapid...
The interconnected world of today has made living our lives and running our businesses a lot more straightforward. Keeping up with international clients, monitoring cash flow and sharing ideas with colleagues are just some of the business activities that can be handled at the touch of a button. However, as we become more connected, we are also becoming more vulnerable. Protecting ourselves and our businesses needn’t take up too much of our time and can start with some basic steps. For...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Feb 1, 2016 Mark Asquith, small business podcast showrunner.
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The interconnected world of today has made living our lives and running our businesses a lot more straightforward. Keeping up with international clients, monitoring cash flow and sharing ideas with colleagues are just some of the business activities that can be handled at the touch of a button. However, as we become more connected, we are also becoming more vulnerable. Protecting ourselves and our businesses needn’t take up too much of our time and can start with some basic steps. For...
If you were asked to think of adjectives that best describe the experience of being a small business owner, what would come to mind? Easy? Peaceful? Relaxing? Not likely! Entrepreneurship is inextricably linked with stress, late nights and burnout. Of course, there’s a huge amount of positives that go with being your own boss and most of us just accept these negative aspects as par for the course. Does it need to be this way though? Are we doing enough for ourselves and our wellbeing? Or are...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jan 21, 2016 Mark Asquith, small business podcast showrunner
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If you were asked to think of adjectives that best describe the experience of being a small business owner, what would come to mind? Easy? Peaceful? Relaxing? Not likely! Entrepreneurship is inextricably linked with stress, late nights and burnout. Of course, there’s a huge amount of positives that go with being your own boss and most of us just accept these negative aspects as par for the course. Does it need to be this way though? Are we doing enough for ourselves and our wellbeing? Or are...
When most of us think of happiness, there are two words that often creep into our minds. ‘If’ and ‘when’. If I can achieve x% growth this year, I will be happy. When I reach x amount of clients, I will be happy. Amongst small business owners, happiness is always seen as a destination, somewhere that we will reach when certain goals have been reached, or certain conditions have been satisfied. But how many times have you thought like that and nothing has changed after you’ve reached...
When most of us think of happiness, there are two words that often creep into our minds. ‘If’ and ‘when’. If I can achieve x% growth this year, I will be happy. When I reach x amount of clients, I will be happy. Amongst small business owners, happiness is always seen as a destination, somewhere that we will reach when certain goals have been reached, or certain conditions have been satisfied. But how many times have you thought like that and nothing has changed after you’ve reached...
As much as we like to think that we’re in control of every aspect of our lives, most of us are prisoners to certain patterns of behaviour. Think about how often the same thoughts run through your mind and how hard we have to fight to overcome them. We fall into those patterns of behaviour and thinking because of both personal and societal reasons. They become almost addictive and very difficult to kick. These behavioural patterns can be particularly hard to overcome for small business owners...
As much as we like to think that we’re in control of every aspect of our lives, most of us are prisoners to certain patterns of behaviour. Think about how often the same thoughts run through your mind and how hard we have to fight to overcome them. We fall into those patterns of behaviour and thinking because of both personal and societal reasons. They become almost addictive and very difficult to kick. These behavioural patterns can be particularly hard to overcome for small business owners...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Dec 24, 2015 Mark Asquith & Dr. David Kamnitzer from Freeing the Body, Freeing the Soul!
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The life of an entrepreneur or small business owner can be stressful for so many reasons. We’re often tired, pushed for time and thinking of the next task to be taken care of so it’s easy to overlook the negative effects that stress can have on our bodies, minds and relationships. What’s more, if you are suffering from stress, then you are not going to be performing at your best at work and business can suffer as a result. In business, and in life, we’re often living in the future or...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Dec 24, 2015 Mark Asquith & Dr. David Kamnitzer from Freeing the Body
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The life of an entrepreneur or small business owner can be stressful for so many reasons. We’re often tired, pushed for time and thinking of the next task to be taken care of so it’s easy to overlook the negative effects that stress can have on our bodies, minds and relationships. What’s more, if you are suffering from stress, then you are not going to be performing at your best at work and business can suffer as a result. In business, and in life, we’re often living in the future or...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Dec 14, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host
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As small business owners, we like doing things our own way. That is, after all, why we chose to strike out for ourselves. Taking care of all aspects of the business is exciting and, in the early days, we very seldom have a choice. But as our businesses grow, we need to learn to let go of certain parts and bring in talented people who can help take our companies forward. We’ve spoken recently about ‘lone wolf syndrome’ and on this episode of Excellence Expected we’re going to discuss a...
As small business owners, we like doing things our own way. That is, after all, why we chose to strike out for ourselves. Taking care of all aspects of the business is exciting and, in the early days, we very seldom have a choice. But as our businesses grow, we need to learn to let go of certain parts and bring in talented people who can help take our companies forward. We’ve spoken recently about ‘lone wolf syndrome’ and on this episode of Excellence Expected we’re going to discuss a...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Dec 3, 2015 Mark Asquith & Anthony Witt from the Champion Entrepreneur
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Building and growing a small business can be tough. Every aspect of day-to-day operations comes down to you. You need to be accountable for every decision you make, whether big or small and there often seems like there’s no one else you can turn to for advice. It can be a lonely road to walk but many of us take the risk because of the many positives that come with being a small business owner. The freedom to do things your way and the excitement of taking control can be exhilarating, but...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Dec 3, 2015 Mark Asquith & Anthony Witt from the Champion Entrepreneur
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Building and growing a small business can be tough. Every aspect of day-to-day operations comes down to you. You need to be accountable for every decision you make, whether big or small and there often seems like there’s no one else you can turn to for advice. It can be a lonely road to walk but many of us take the risk because of the many positives that come with being a small business owner. The freedom to do things your way and the excitement of taking control can be exhilarating, but...
We all want to be better, don’t we? We want to see improvements in ourselves and our businesses each and every day. It’s in the DNA of all entrepreneurs regardless of your industry or the scale of your business.  Nobody gets into business to stagnate or move backwards. Progress and growth are what it’s all about. Are we experiencing growth in the right areas though? And what are our metrics for measuring progress? We often let other areas of our lives slide when the pressure’s on in...
We all want to be better, don’t we? We want to see improvements in ourselves and our businesses each and every day. It’s in the DNA of all entrepreneurs regardless of your industry or the scale of your business.  Nobody gets into business to stagnate or move backwards. Progress and growth are what it’s all about. Are we experiencing growth in the right areas though? And what are our metrics for measuring progress? We often let other areas of our lives slide when the pressure’s on in...
Building and maintaining valuable relationships is vitally important in life and business. We all want to make the best relationships with people that we can but it doesn’t always come naturally to us all. Some people are more talkative, some are more reserved. Some people are never off the phone and other prefer to communicate by e-mail. The skill with which we develop relationships needn’t be the fixed attribute that we often think it is. As with almost everything else, we can work at...
Building and maintaining valuable relationships is vitally important in life and business. We all want to make the best relationships with people that we can but it doesn’t always come naturally to us all. Some people are more talkative, some are more reserved. Some people are never off the phone and other prefer to communicate by e-mail. The skill with which we develop relationships needn’t be the fixed attribute that we often think it is. As with almost everything else, we can work at...
When you’re a small business owner or solopreneur, it’s easy to become gradually isolated from those around you. You need to rely on yourself and make sure that everything gets completed on time. This can see you eating at your desk. Your friends don’t have the same worries as you and you don’t want to bore them, so there goes your drinks after work. Slowly but surely, these missed occasions add up and soon you may find yourself isolated. Isolation can take a serious toll on our health...
When you’re a small business owner or solopreneur, it’s easy to become gradually isolated from those around you. You need to rely on yourself and make sure that everything gets completed on time. This can see you eating at your desk. Your friends don’t have the same worries as you and you don’t want to bore them, so there goes your drinks after work. Slowly but surely, these missed occasions add up and soon you may find yourself isolated. Isolation can take a serious toll on our health...
Everybody knows that the first twelve months of a new venture are always the hardest. Make it through that year and the chances of making it through the next year begin to look a little better. There’s so much on the line, from financial wellbeing to physical health. Nobody will look more tired than a small business owner in their first year of business. But, the rewards of making it through that first year are potentially massive and that’s why we all take the plunge and become small...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Nov 2, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host.
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Everybody knows that the first twelve months of a new venture are always the hardest. Make it through that year and the chances of making it through the next year begin to look a little better. There’s so much on the line, from financial wellbeing to physical health. Nobody will look more tired than a small business owner in their first year of business. But, the rewards of making it through that first year are potentially massive and that’s why we all take the plunge and become small...
Every small business owner out there wants to be successful. Nobody starts their own business and puts in hours of blood, sweat and tears to just do ‘OK’. We all want to do the very best we can for ourselves and our families. Success means different things to different people, of course, but entrepreneurs often measure their success in pounds or dollars. Is this the best way to measure our successes? Or is there more to life than growing your business and making money? Joining me once...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Oct 26, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host and startup guy
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Every small business owner out there wants to be successful. Nobody starts their own business and puts in hours of blood, sweat and tears to just do ‘OK’. We all want to do the very best we can for ourselves and our families. Success means different things to different people, of course, but entrepreneurs often measure their success in pounds or dollars. Is this the best way to measure our successes? Or is there more to life than growing your business and making money? Joining me once...
It seems that, these days, everyone has an idea for a book. As small business owners, we’ve all accumulated a heck of a lot experience, both good and bad, and we want to share that with others. But next time someone talks to you about their book idea, dig a little deeper and find out where they’re at. The chances are they’ll be where you are with your idea: square one! Even though our minds are bursting with ideas that could give other people real value, it can be difficult to know where...
It seems that, these days, everyone has an idea for a book. As small business owners, we’ve all accumulated a heck of a lot experience, both good and bad, and we want to share that with others. But next time someone talks to you about their book idea, dig a little deeper and find out where they’re at. The chances are they’ll be where you are with your idea: square one! Even though our minds are bursting with ideas that could give other people real value, it can be difficult to know where...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Oct 5, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business podcast host
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Adversity is a part of life and it’s something that we all have to deal with. As small business owners, it can sometimes feel like we are having to deal with more than our fair share. The pressure can often seem insurmountable and if we let it get on top of us, we can suffer in each area of our lives. Tough times, whether in our business or personal lives, are unavoidable. But there is always something to be learned from trying experiences. How, then, can we equip ourselves with the tools to...
Adversity is a part of life and it’s something that we all have to deal with. As small business owners, it can sometimes feel like we are having to deal with more than our fair share. The pressure can often seem insurmountable and if we let it get on top of us, we can suffer in each area of our lives. Tough times, whether in our business or personal lives, are unavoidable. But there is always something to be learned from trying experiences. How, then, can we equip ourselves with the tools to...
As small business owners, it’s easy to convince ourselves that we’re too busy for certain activities. One of the first things to get dropped from the schedule is exercise. It seems like a time luxury that we can ill afford so we get our heart rates up by taking difficult phone calls and expend our energy through all-nighters in the office. Are we really that busy though? And is exercise something that has no relation to how we run our businesses? With us on this episode of your favourite...
As small business owners, it’s easy to convince ourselves that we’re too busy for certain activities. One of the first things to get dropped from the schedule is exercise. It seems like a time luxury that we can ill afford so we get our heart rates up by taking difficult phone calls and expend our energy through all-nighters in the office. Are we really that busy though? And is exercise something that has no relation to how we run our businesses? With us on this episode of your favourite...
We often hear that businesses care about transparency, that they are investors in people and that their customers are number on. But once you get beyond the marketing and the clever copywriting, how many businesses have you experienced where this is actually the case? Our guest for this episode of the number one small business podcast is Simon Biltcliffe, the managing director of Webmart. Listening to Simon’s laidback demeanour, you might not have guessed that he was the leader of a highly...
We often hear that businesses care about transparency, that they are investors in people and that their customers are number on. But once you get beyond the marketing and the clever copywriting, how many businesses have you experienced where this is actually the case? Our guest for this episode of the number one small business podcast is Simon Biltcliffe, the managing director of Webmart. Listening to Simon’s laidback demeanour, you might not have guessed that he was the leader of a highly...
It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? How do you achieve a balance between your family life and running a small business or startup? There is, of course, no perfect work-life balance. Everyone’s situation is different and there are too many variables to take into account in each individual case. What works for one person will not work for everyone else. In this episode of the number one small business podcast, we’re going to dig down into this most challenging of conundrums. As small...
It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? How do you achieve a balance between your family life and running a small business or startup? There is, of course, no perfect work-life balance. Everyone’s situation is different and there are too many variables to take into account in each individual case. What works for one person will not work for everyone else. In this episode of the number one small business podcast, we’re going to dig down into this most challenging of conundrums. As small...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Aug 20, 2015 Mark Asquith talks to illustrator Ben Tallon
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Freelancing offers us the chance to use our specialist skills and interests to succeed in business, but it can also be one of the toughest ways in which to be a small business owner. We’re relying on ourselves to handle every aspect of business from creating content and products to marketing and promotions. Finding clients is one thing, but finding the best clients to work for, and build your small business around, is a whole other challenge. What’s the best way to zero in on these top...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Aug 20, 2015 Mark Asquith talks to illustrator Ben Tallon
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Freelancing offers us the chance to use our specialist skills and interests to succeed in business, but it can also be one of the toughest ways in which to be a small business owner. We’re relying on ourselves to handle every aspect of business from creating content and products to marketing and promotions. Finding clients is one thing, but finding the best clients to work for, and build your small business around, is a whole other challenge. What’s the best way to zero in on these top...
We live in an increasingly connected world and it’s never been easier for us to make contact with others around the globe. Whether you want to make new contacts in your industry or niche, or if you want make connections with people who work outside your own field, technology has revolutionised this process. However, the very systems that make this possible have also created a world in which we all seem permanently busy. We fire off hundreds of e-mails a week, take countless calls and scan...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Aug 10, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business aficionado.
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We live in an increasingly connected world and it’s never been easier for us to make contact with others around the globe. Whether you want to make new contacts in your industry or niche, or if you want make connections with people who work outside your own field, technology has revolutionised this process. However, the very systems that make this possible have also created a world in which we all seem permanently busy. We fire off hundreds of e-mails a week, take countless calls and scan...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jul 30, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business fella and podcaster extraordinaire
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Having a great idea is one thing, but getting it out there and making sure it’s being heard by the intended audience is quite another. The tools that have allowed us to spread our ideas more easily have also made it more difficult to be heard. We’re all exposed to a torrent of media on a daily basis, so how can we stand out? We live in an increasingly noisy world and our attention is being demanded from every direction. Having a breakthrough idea is difficult enough, but these days, it’s...
Having a great idea is one thing, but getting it out there and making sure it’s being heard by the intended audience is quite another. The tools that have allowed us to spread our ideas more easily have also made it more difficult to be heard. We’re all exposed to a torrent of media on a daily basis, so how can we stand out? We live in an increasingly noisy world and our attention is being demanded from every direction. Having a breakthrough idea is difficult enough, but these days, it’s...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jul 16, 2015 Mark Asquith, entrepreneur & founder of Excellence Expected.
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We all have heard the phrase: work/life balance. But in real life, it doesn’t work like that. You need to adjust the scales as necessary. Instead of balance, find harmony. How can you raise great kids when you are an entrepreneur or business owner? How do you know what you need to give to your family? Treat your kids just as good and with as much time and respect as you do your clients! When you are so focused on work, you forget and neglect people in your life. We need to prioritize our...
We all have heard the phrase: work/life balance. But in real life, it doesn’t work like that. You need to adjust the scales as necessary. Instead of balance, find harmony. How can you raise great kids when you are an entrepreneur or business owner? How do you know what you need to give to your family? Treat your kids just as good and with as much time and respect as you do your clients! When you are so focused on work, you forget and neglect people in your life. We need to prioritize our...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jul 9, 2015 Mark Asquith, small business podcaster
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What do you do when things go wrong - when the sh*t hits the fan? How do you deal with it in a way that benefits your business? Everyone makes mistakes, but it's not about what went wrong, but about what you do as a result to improve. A working mentality and mindset is important. Things can be going crazy and there is immense pressure, but if you deal with it properly through your demeanour and personality, you are on the right path. Ask yourself these questions: * Did I do that? * Is it my...
What do you do when things go wrong - when the sh*t hits the fan? How do you deal with it in a way that benefits your business? Everyone makes mistakes, but it's not about what went wrong, but about what you do as a result to improve. A working mentality and mindset is important. Things can be going crazy and there is immense pressure, but if you deal with it properly through your demeanour and personality, you are on the right path. Ask yourself these questions: * Did I do that? * Is it my...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 22, 2015 Mark Asquith on self-confidence
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Think back to your high school days. Remember the cool kids? Wonder what they are doing now? Well, cool can be a curse and often prevents people from taking a leap due to a fear of failure. However, the uncool people get on with their lives and inherit the Earth! Uncool people are often branded outsiders. They may feel like outsiders in their own peer group. They feel like they don’t belong – at work or with family and friends. This can be debilitating. Many outsiders fail due to various...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 22, 2015 Mark Asquith on self-confidence, small business success for outsiders and finding meaning
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Think back to your high school days. Remember the cool kids? Wonder what they are doing now? Well, cool can be a curse and often prevents people from taking a leap due to a fear of failure. However, the uncool people get on with their lives and inherit the Earth! Uncool people are often branded outsiders. They may feel like outsiders in their own peer group. They feel like they don’t belong – at work or with family and friends. This can be debilitating. Many outsiders fail due to various...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 11, 2015 Mark Asquith and Justin Verrengia talk about small business growth and super-charging yours!
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Many people are so focused on just being able to pay their bills and get ahead in their business. But you must have the right mindset and be receptive to ideas/opportunities; you must be happy and not focus on fear – can you honestly say that describes your approach to doing business? Transform and shift your beliefs and everything will fall into place. It will manifest and attract what you want to achieve in your business. How do you do this? Freedom. You must have freedom in your life to...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 11, 2015 Mark Asquith and Justin Verrengia talk about small business growth and super-charging yours!
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Many people are so focused on just being able to pay their bills and get ahead in their business. But you must have the right mindset and be receptive to ideas/opportunities; you must be happy and not focus on fear – can you honestly say that describes your approach to doing business? Transform and shift your beliefs and everything will fall into place. It will manifest and attract what you want to achieve in your business. How do you do this? Freedom. You must have freedom in your life to...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 4, 2015 Mark Asquith talks about leaving your small business when things just aren't right.
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We all do jobs for the wrong reasons – you don’t want to let people down, perhaps you don’t know how to say ‘No’, and hey, doesn't everyone need cash in the bank? However, if you are unhappy and frustrated, stop what you are doing – even if it is your own business. Stick to your guns, follow your dreams, and aim for your goals. Make sure you are going in the right direction! Even if your company is growing and generating money, you may be left feeling lost and realise it was not...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Jun 4, 2015 Mark Asquith talks about leaving your small business when things just aren't right.
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We all do jobs for the wrong reasons – you don’t want to let people down, perhaps you don’t know how to say ‘No’, and hey, doesn't everyone need cash in the bank? However, if you are unhappy and frustrated, stop what you are doing – even if it is your own business. Stick to your guns, follow your dreams, and aim for your goals. Make sure you are going in the right direction! Even if your company is growing and generating money, you may be left feeling lost and realise it was not...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
May 28, 2015 Mark Asquith and Jared Easley on becoming an influencer, small business podcast expertise
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There's no doubt that when you have an idea and want to take it to the next level, you need buy in and people to support you. You need to be perceived as someone that people know, like, and trust. As you develop those three pillars – you become a person of influence. But are you willing to be patient? Influence does not happen overnight. It takes times. You need to be consistent with the people you want to serve, connect with, and sell to – that will lead to success. There are several...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
May 28, 2015 Mark Asquith and Jared Easley on becoming an influencer
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There's no doubt that when you have an idea and want to take it to the next level, you need buy in and people to support you. You need to be perceived as someone that people know, like, and trust. As you develop those three pillars – you become a person of influence. But are you willing to be patient? Influence does not happen overnight. It takes times. You need to be consistent with the people you want to serve, connect with, and sell to – that will lead to success. There are several...
Traditional routes into business are starting to fade. In the next 10 years, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. What can millennials do to make themselves more employable in tomorrow’s business? They are going to play an important role in business! How do companies engage them and get them excited to work so they stay at a company? Businesses now want intrapreneurs – entrepreneurs within a company. Many millennials don’t know what they want to do, but they know they want to do...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
May 21, 2015 Mark Asquith talks to Peter Yobo, experienced TEDx speaker and small business expert
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Traditional routes into business are starting to fade. In the next 10 years, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. What can millennials do to make themselves more employable in tomorrow’s business? They are going to play an important role in business! How do companies engage them and get them excited to work so they stay at a company? Businesses now want intrapreneurs – entrepreneurs within a company. Many millennials don’t know what they want to do, but they know they want to do...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
May 7, 2015 Mark Asquith & Chandler Bolt discuss the power of authoring a book for your small business
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Books have become the new business card. Books are something that people keep, they can use them, and they make people think of you! People are likely to throw away business cards, but not books. However, a lack of confidence, insecurities, doubts, and other factors keep people from writing books. Who’s gonna buy it? Who’s going to listen to what I have to say? Writing and publishing a book can be a scary and intimidating process for most people. They may have the drive and ambition to...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
May 7, 2015 Mark Asquith & Chandler Bolt discuss the power of authoring a book for your small business
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Books have become the new business card. Books are something that people keep, they can use them, and they make people think of you! People are likely to throw away business cards, but not books. However, a lack of confidence, insecurities, doubts, and other factors keep people from writing books. Who’s gonna buy it? Who’s going to listen to what I have to say? Writing and publishing a book can be a scary and intimidating process for most people. They may have the drive and ambition to...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Apr 27, 2015 Mark Asquith talks to Brendan Hufford about sidepreneurs and how to create a life you want on the side.
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Most people have a sexy, romantic view of becoming an entrepreneur – quit your day job and be happy and live your dreams. Well, being an entrepreneur actually involves hard work, early mornings, tough days, etc. It is not for everyone. Sometimes you get hit hard and don’t get back up. Your business fails. Instead, you should have a side business. That offers more freedom, leverage, and insurance in case you lose your day job. A great way to grow your side business is to build an online...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Apr 27, 2015 Mark Asquith talks to Brendan Hufford about sidepreneurs and how to create a life you want on the side.
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Most people have a sexy, romantic view of becoming an entrepreneur – quit your day job and be happy and live your dreams. Well, being an entrepreneur actually involves hard work, early mornings, tough days, etc. It is not for everyone. Sometimes you get hit hard and don’t get back up. Your business fails. Instead, you should have a side business. That offers more freedom, leverage, and insurance in case you lose your day job. A great way to grow your side business is to build an online...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Apr 20, 2015 Mark Asquith & David Shriner-Cahn of Smashing The Plateur help you overcome your small business rut
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Feel like you are in a rut? Is your business facing a plateau or roadblock? When you hit a plateau, how do you make progress and reach the next level? Symptoms of a plateau include being stressed out and anxious; not prioritising tasks but only dealing with urgent matters; having self-doubt and no one to talk to; and you do too much rather than delegating work to others. These are all common symptoms that take you on a road to failure. Let go of your control and perfection issues. You will have...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Apr 20, 2015 Mark Asquith & David Shriner-Cahn of Smashing The Plateur help you overcome your small business rut
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Feel like you are in a rut? Is your business facing a plateau or roadblock? When you hit a plateau, how do you make progress and reach the next level? Symptoms of a plateau include being stressed out and anxious; not prioritising tasks but only dealing with urgent matters; having self-doubt and no one to talk to; and you do too much rather than delegating work to others. These are all common symptoms that take you on a road to failure. Let go of your control and perfection issues. You will have...
Excellence Expected Vol. 1, Series 3: Straight Talking Personal Development for Early Stage Entrepreneurs & Founders
Apr 16, 2015 Mark Asquith discusses small business growth with Katie McCaskey
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Scaling your business is a nice problem to have, yet it is still a problem. Entrepreneurs get so focused on delivering one thing that they can’t see other options. They need to learn how to pivot their businesses. How can they grow into something more? When scaling a business, entrepreneurs need to measure results and focus on what’s working and what’s not working. Listen to what the market is telling you. Continually review your systems and strategies. Also, practice smaller and slower...